Activists with the Health Equity Coalition are organizing a Friday, May 24, community forum to explore how the $1.5 billion Dogwood Health Trust, created from the sale of Mission Health, offers the prospect of “life-changing” investments in the wellbeing of residents in 18 Western North Carolina counties. Also, it’s time to strive to drive less in the runup to the Strive Beyond Summit at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River on Friday, May 31, from 3-5 p.m.
The 2019 Appalachian Studies Association conference returns to Asheville after 27 years. The annual gathering brings together an eclectic mix of scholars, educators, activists, students, groups and institutions to discuss and present on a wide range of topics related to life in the region.
“Mr. Sandman,” “Leader of the Pack,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and other hits are part of the show, which runs March 7-17 at Mars Hill University’s Owen Theatre.
The Organic Growers School Spring Conference brings its roster of workshops, seed exchange, children’s programming and more to a new venue.
On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Rural Heritage Museum will open its latest exhibit, A Fountain of Youth in the Southern Highlands: A History of Hot Springs, North Carolina.
The 51st annual folk music festival takes place Oct. 6 at Mars Hill University.
Mars Hill screens a documentary on Wendell Berry, the monthly Asheville Filmmaker Mixer features a panel of actors and more.
The 5Point Film Festival moves to Sierra Nevada, the Asheville Jewish Film Festival concludes with a documentary about Itzhak Perlman and more.
Increasingly, U.S. colleges and universities are working to make their institutions as environmentally sustainable as possible. These efforts cover a broad spectrum, from a recycling initiative at Stanford University that diverts 65 percent of the school’s solid waste away from landfills to Cornell’s plan to be carbon-neutral by 2035, as noted in The Princeton Review’s annual ranking […]
Pack Library celebrates the Chinese New Year with Stephen Chow’s “The Mermaid,” Mars Hill University kicks off its Reel Appalachia film series with a Ralph Stanley documentary and more.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville held its 37th annual prayer breakfast at the Expo Center of the Crowne Plaza Resort on Jan. 13. More than 1,000 attendees packed the room for the event, which was founded by Oralene Anderson Graves Simmons, who also served as this year’s keynote speaker.
Sanders Family Christmas marks SART’s homecoming production. The musical is the sequel in Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s bluegrass gospel trilogy, Smoke on the Mountain. The show launches Tuesday, Dec. 14 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 23.
Martha Skinner’s latest exhibit, Living Section: Retrospective of my Fertility will open Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University.
The 50th edition of the annual festival runs Oct. 2-7 on and around the campus of Mars Hill University.
SART alum, musician, actor and playwright Randy Noojin is bringing his one-man, multimedia musical, Hard Travelin’ with Woody, to the SART stage from Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30, at Owen Theatre.
From the Ani Katuah to white settlers and tobacco farmers, barns and buildings have played a central role in defining the culture of the Southern Appalachians. Shelter on the Mountain: Barns and Building Traditions of the Southern Highlands traces the evolution of local building practices.
The exhibit, “Family Vacations I Have Never Taken,” will be featured at Mars Hill University’s Weizenblatt Gallery, Feb. 16-March 9.
Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary founder Nancy Brown and Mars Hill professor Scott Pearson talk about wolfdogs — how they evolved from wolves, why they need protection and how they can be better appreciated through understanding their nature and instincts.
Mars Hill University’s Weizenblatt Gallery will host the exhibit “drift: [know no borders]” Wednesday, Oct. 26-Sunday-Sunday, Nov. 20. Works by artists Donna E. Price and Elisa Treml’s make up the collection. The exhibit also marks Treml’s first time to both Western North Carolina and the United States.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival celebrates its 49th year of championing and preserving Southern Appalachian traditions at Mars Hill University on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Coloring intricate designs is helping adults unplug from daily life relieve anxieties, but calling the activity “art therapy” isn’t quite accurate.